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. >> and -- >> this is supposed to be a government run by the people and if voices don't matter because we're not wealthy, that's really unacceptable and it's dangerous. >>> welcome. i'm glad we could get together again. and i look forward to your company from week to weeto-- here and online at billmoyers.com. it's good to be back. we begin with the qstion that haunts our time -- why in a nation as rich as america, has the economy stopped working for people at-large even as those at the top enjoy massive rewards? the struggle of ordinary people for a decent living, for security, is as old as the republic, but it's taken on a new and urgent edge. instead of shared prosperity, our political system has now produced a winner-take-all economy. >> how ch is enough, gordon. >> hollywood saw it coming.ho >> the richest 1% of this country owns half of our country's wealth -- $5 trillion. one-third of that comes from hard work, two-thirds cmes frome inheritance. interest interest accumulating to widows' idiot sons. andre what i do -- stock the re estate speculation. it's [ bleep ] >> you got 90% of the american people
're going to elect a candidate who is going to govern by asking us to make choices that we haven't anticipated. and as a result, we're going to feel betrayed to some extent, even if we voted for that ndidate. >> the debates were the most watched in a long time. your field intersects politics and entertainment. do you think entertainment e.values had something to do wi this? >> well, i think sus ense was what was required down to the wire. s and that's what we got. one won one, another won another. then a coue of draws. what could be better for keepie people watching? unfortunately, the lack of an e answer to who sacrifices what is only the beginning of an endless list that, for me, is reason , to be disappointed, not just in the debates, but in the entire campaign. i want to find out about things that are important, about plutocracy taking over democracy, the widening gulf between the powerful and the powerless. wall street, global warming, on and on. at most, ty made a cameo t, appearance during the debate. and i think they were trivialized by the context. and usually, entirely
is that, had there be debates in the e goldwater/johnson election, had there been debates in the mcgovern/xon election, i think we would not have had the blowout landslides that we had. what debates do is take the ec caricaturing of the challenger and give the challenger a chance to stand there and be o the challenger would like to be in front of that audience. i think for governor romney the benefit was he knocked down some of the caricature that had been built of him. and i think he reassured people, even who may vote against him, that he is not as extremtrd reckless as some of the obama advertising and statements would make him out to be. >> see, i would say that he did d not knock down the caricature. he deepened the caricature because his problem is that he will say and do anything, and there is zero accountability for it. so going into this debate, he had to prove that he was not the person that he was in the republican primaries. but simply by saying different things, doesn't make him genuinely be anything else different. he's simply recalibrating what he thinks hneeds to pander to
that means ou can't draw an inference about what the person is going to do when the person's going to govern? one of the questions that the electorate has the opportunity to ask in debates is precisely u that question because you have two different factors holding the candidate accountable. you have the questioning moderator and you have the other candidate. and in the head to head comparisons, if a candidate is vulnerable to the charge, if the candidate has changed positions a lot on consequential matters, you're going to have questions about it and you're going to have the opposing candidate make the argument. and then electorate then has to ask, "what do i make of this? who do i think the person is? what do i think the person is actually goi to do?" but they have more evidence than gey would have in the absence of debates, and that's the value of debat . >> but look at thbaway it plays out. romney y t say, "yes, i do have a deficit plan. go look on my website. it's there. it's true." which puts the burden on the audience. i wish they would go to your website because they won't find out t
by essentially saying he would govern as president obama governs." that's what he, in effect, he said this past last debate. what about that?wn >> why would anyone believ that? yes, he said that d yes he did heit to convey the impression tt the old mitt romney from the primaries was just something he had to do to appease his tea party base.it why should you now believe that, if he gets elected, he will not be a prisoner of the eric cantors and, and the john boehners? and the right -- extreme right wing of his party that will force him to do stuff as president th he now says he's not going to do because he's in a general election campaign? aw erson who doesn't have a core, it strikes me, is er susceptible to the same kind of pressure once in office, as when he was running to appeal to his base in the first place. >> but there is an underlying tendency here that's recognizable. barack obama opposed a mandate in order to distinguish himself from hillary clinton. he has a mandate in his affordable care act. there's always some movement toward the center in governance, as well as a move toward the c
. and the president is doing his job, and itth a time when government s been under assault in the political arena, and it gives the president a chance to show that government can have a positive influence in people's lives. government is working here. the states could not respond fully on their own, ey need the help, and so i think this is a moment that i wish we could capture it in a bottle, and continue forwar it's a good thing. >> rwu think this fellowship could be short-lived?>> >> no, i don't think it will be short lived. i think this is the decisive moment for chris christie's governor ship of new jersey. you don't have a tragedy like this and event golike this, hopefully, no more than once, and the president was by his side, and as pat said, eleanor said, this is a bipartisan moment whenpeople are trying to have government work. >> how long will it last? the rebuilding, i mean. two ars? >> it will last years, years. >> will that make this relationship a little bit more, arsobering? you are assuming, of course, that in that question that president obama will be the president as we go forwar
u.s. economy picks up steam thanks to sp. ding by consumers and the government. >> susie: i'm susie gharib. we take you to a wells fargo event in chicago, where housing grants could turn renters into buyers. >> tom: then, from tax hikes to corporate earnings worries,o tonight's "market monitor" guest says investors are facing a cliff of concern. robert stovall of wood asset manament joins us. >> susie: that and more tonight on "n.b.r."!me >> tom: the u.s. economy actually sped up in the third quarter, surprising economists and maybe you too. thanks to a pick-up in spending by conumers, the federal government and the housing c sector, the gross domestic product grew at a 2% annual rate in july through september. that 2% pace was stronger than expected and much better than what the economy experienced in the second quarter. suzanne pratt takes a closer look at the data and what it suggests about the economy the final months of this year. >> reporter: an economy growing at a 2% annual rate is hardly anything to celebrate. sure it could've been worse. but, clearly at three-years post gr
's been extraordinarily close coordination between state, federal, and local governments. and so we're confident that the assets are prepositioned for an effective response in the aftermath of the storm. r david paulison knows about mobilizing the federal government's responsto a hurricane. he was in two weeks after hurricane katrina. are you confident that fema is prepared given the sheer size of this storm, almost a thousand miles in dimer. >> it is a huge storm and the impact will on the storm is so big, it is impacting several states from dc all the way up to maine at the s same time. but i am rae very comfortable. we have a great administrator running the organization. he gets it, he's from florida, a good emergency manager. doesn't run around with his hair on fire. so i'm confident they will do a good job. >> on a conference call today n fact, youro successor, mr. fugate said the disaster fund at fema has a billion dollars in t more or less. is that enough for this kind of response that will be necessary? >> probably at the end of the day the expenses will be momr than that. b
and businesses. and governments will be spending huge amounts of money to repesr subways, roads, and bridges sor allf those efforts should help boost economic activity early next year.e erika miller, "n.b.r. new york. >> susie: joining us now for a closer look at sandy's economic impact, mark zandi, chiefb. economist at moody's analytics. you know, mark, people often hear that when there's a sdater like zandi, that it's actually a boost to the economy. is that going to be rue in this case? >> well, no. this is a natural disaster. disasters are bad for the economy. obviously, the big hit tohe economy initially, is what we're seing in new york. nd do get rebuilding, economy benefits from that, but net, net, the economy is in a worse place. natural disasters are bad for the economy, not good. >> susie: you heard in erica's remit some businesses t are going to a benefit, maybe hox*echl builders and cuk companies. if you look at the economy, who are the winners and losers in terms of various sectors? >> well,erehere's more losers than winners. the losers would he the restaurants, they're not going t
stronger than the 125,000 analysts were looking for. and the government revised its september w job count up to 148,000. thanks to more people lookingco for work, the unemployment rate rose slightly t7.9%. darren gersh has the story from washington d.c. >> reporter: the october employment report makes it clear a jobs recovery is solidly underway. >> i think the key message there is that employment growth has been taken up a notch. over the last three months we've added over 170,000 jobs on average. that's a little bit better than what we've been seeing. that is enough over the long haul to bring the unemployment rate down, but slowly. >> reporter: one of the best things about this jobs report: payroll gains were broad-based. retailing added 36,000 jobs. health care 31,000 jobs. construction 17,000 jobs. manufacturing shook off its recent losses, adding 13,000 jobs. the unemployment rate did ti up to 7.9%. but even that may be a sign of strength. labor force participation had been falling as older workers retired and others gave up looking for work. over the last two months that trend has
getting enough information from local government about what they can expect and when? do people feel well informed? >> i think they do. i mean those who are ableue to get t receiving it is a problem, there has been nobl shortage of briefings by the mayor, governor cuomo, governor christie, utility company executives. they are doing lots of outreach but most of the news isn't that good if you are without power. so i don't know how much it makes people feel better. >> suarez: patrick mcgeehan from "the new york times", thanks for joining us. >> sure, thank you. >> brown: hurricane sandy also devastated pts of the caribbean, including haiti, there 54 people died. special correspondent fred de sam lazaro filed a dispatch and photos from port au prince. those are on our "world" page. >> woodruff: and we turn now to syria. the newshour sent freelance video journalist toby muse there recently to see how civilians are faring. as margaret warner reports, many have become targets in the country's civil war. a warning-- some images may be disturbing. >> warner: within the walls of a secret school in
. while the stock exchanges get back to business, the federal government is getting down to business in responding to the widespread disaster. sylvia hall has the latest on the federal response. >> reporter: as east coast residents survey the mess sandy brought ashore, federal, state and local governments are already coordinating the cleanup. right now, thousands of workers from every level of government are on rescue mission in new jersey and new york's hardest- hit areas. fema is pulling in generators and worscng with power co wanies to get the lights back on.r the storm's damage was so severe that president obama quickly declared major disasters in new york and new jersey overnight. the decision frees up federal dollars to help families and businesses recover their losses. it also allows the u.s. to reimburse local and state governments for some of the expenses they'll face as th rebuild. the east coast may be cleaning up, but sandy isn't finished. the storm is plowing inland, dump g snow across the appalachians. duwith sandy still churning, its nearly impossible to know how exten
for the government's official employment report, which comes out tomorrow. factoring in job losses in statr and local government, adp projects the labor department will likely say the economy created roughly 130,000 jobs in october. barclays economist michael gapen expects the unemployment rate will hold steady tomorrow at 7.8%. and gapen expects the pattern of moderate job gains over the last year will be the pattern for the coming year, too. >> 150,000 to 160,000 jobs a month may not be a bang-out kind of number that gets everybody happy, but it's going to work. it will work in the nse ofns gradually reducing slack, gradually re-employing the unemployed, and pushing downward the unemployment rate. >> reporter: manufacturing was a soft spot in the adp report, showing a loss of 8,000 jobs. but it wano surprise, given the recent slowing in global sales. >> six out of the ten top markets that we have are seeing a contraction right now. and it is very tough for them to make inroads in terms of increasing exports to those nations. >> reporter: but housing looks relatively strong; autos and machinery, too
that people have realistic expectations. but what i can promise you is that the federal government will be woing as closely as possible with the state and local w officials and we will nt quit until this isone. and the directive i have given-- and i said this yesterday but i will repeat and i think craig and others o are working with me right now know i mean it-- wo are not going to tolerate red tape, we're not going tod tolerate bureaucrac >> woodruff: meanwhile, republican mitt romney returned to the campaign trail today with three events in florida. the g.o.p. presidential nominee also mentioned the ongoing recovery in the northeast. >> this is... this is quite a time for the country, as you know. we're... we're going through trauma in a major part of the country, a kind of trauma you've experienced here in florida more than once. and... and it's interesting to see how people come together in a circumstance like this. we've seen folks from all over the country step forward and... and offer contributions. >> woodruff: bumps in the recovery were evident in new y late today, where
today, i talked about the new government economic report with hugh johnson, head of an investment and advisory firm in albany, new york. hugh, welcome. first the good news, where is the growth coming from? >> well, you know, there are a lot of places. but i think probably the best news is that, you know, consumer ending is about 70% of our economy. we saw that strengthen in the third quarter. that's very good news. i think there are a couple ofen really-- parts of that first of all residential real estate or housing, we know the numbers have ben getting better. when look at housing starts or existing home sales, that showed up in the report as well.lo residential real estate is improving. and that's, of course, helping consumer confidence and helping consumer spending so i thk those are the two bright spots. the big surprise in this report in my view was the increase in government spending. that was not at the state level that was at the federal level. and that was pri rily due to an increase in defense spending. i think that that was the biggest surprise and a pleasant surprise.
worked in the federal government. i've seen all types of disasters. i have to tell you what i saw last night in downtown manhattan, what went on on the south shore of long island were some of the worst conditions that i had seen. >> woodruff: like new york, new jersey was also declared a federal disaster area. >> the level of devastation at unthinkable.ore is >> woodruff: by the time sandy made land fall, it had been downgraded from a hurricane. but governor chris christ said today the distinction made little difference to badly damaged beach towns. >> those out there who are facing loss, devaation, and a heart-breaking reality that your home may be gone, we're with you. we have a long road ahead of us but i have complete confidencede we're going to come out of this better and stronger than before. >> woodruff: there will be much to rebuild. the storm destroyed a large section of the famed atlantic city board walk and farther north 1,000 people had to flee their homes after the water charged over a burm. some people had to be rescued late last night in a town after failing to evacuate.
, romney seems to have strengthened his belief that neighbors, not just government, should help those who are struggling. >> whether consciously or not, you're really socialized to think, as a mormon, these functions, these kind of welfare state functions, are not government functions. they are functions to be done by the voluntary sector. it's this sort of tocquevillian idea that, you know, people take care of each other at the co unity level. this isn't what the central government doefor people. >> narrator: romney served four years as a bishop and many more as a senior mormon leader. then he decided to turn to politics. >> the reason mormons do get interested in public service comes out of a sense that we have a mission. >> narrator: for romney andpe other mormons, america holds a special place. >> i think romney has a deep commitment to the united states and to the americas, because mormons do believe it's a holy land and honor the constitution as cing from god.in >> we believe that the united states of america is that place that had to be free so that god could bring truth back to ea
in the presidtial race. and that is one of the things that voters are looking at ises the role of government. whether you talking a education funding, or on a national level, look at the reaction to hurricane sandy and the questions being posed to mitt romney about fema funding. >> belva: president obama get a bump and rating out of his handling -- >> in the last week, wve seen a sea change in the presidentil race, obama not only got a bump in the polls, no doubt about it, but the fact he got the support of michael bloomberg and chris christie -- >> chris christie hasn't endorsed him. >> the fact is, he said he endorsed his role -- >> his leadership. >> his leadership, and i think that was very critical. it did raise the whole issue of, what is the role of government? and i think a lot of people stood back and watched some of the destruction there, i think the affects of sandy are going to be talked about for a long time on this presidential race, coming where they did when romney has had some momentum going into it. we'll see if he does coming out of it. >> >> belva: i have to return to od
for their lives. >> brown: and financial help was on the way. the federal government promised eight new jersey counties it would cover all costs for emergency power and transportation for another week. meanwhile, in new york, new images from long island showed tons of sand washed ashore by the storm and major damage to beachfro neighborhoods. at the same time, a return to heavy city traffic early today was a sign of progress. police tboed to manage the situation, by turning away cars with fewer than three passengers on selecmabridges into manhattan. mayor michael bloomberg pressed for people to be patient with the traffic and the broader effort to get back to normal. >> we are all el this together. we are desperately trying to help everybody.al we're ying to prioritize. first thing is safety. inconvenience is down the list. if we had some people in the wrong places it was the first day gettingyit got g. hopefully it will be better tomorrow. you have to bear with us. >> reporter: still, city officials warned that gridlock was likely to linger througg.the day and into the weekend, as the public
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